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Asahi Kasei to Build a Battery Component Plant in Port Colborne, Ontario

May 14, 2024

Asahi Kasei to Build a Battery Component Plant in Port Colborne, Ontario

Asahi Kasei’s decision to build this new facility in Port Colborne is a testament to Canada and Ontario’s competitive business environment,

Canada is a global leader in the electric vehicle (EV) market. As demand for EVs continues to grow, we want more of these vehicles to be assembled right here in Canada. In the last four years, more than $46 billion has been invested by auto, EV battery, and battery component manufacturers across the country, with billions more in the pipeline. These global companies want a reliable partner with world-class talent, and this is exactly what we have to offer.

Recently, the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, and the Premier of Ontario, Doug Ford, are welcoming Asahi Kasei Corporation’s investment of approximately $1.6 billion to build an EV battery separator plant in Port Colborne, Ontario. As medium-to long-term growth is forecasted in the North American EV market, the company expects to make additional multi-billion-dollar investments through multiple phases. Details regarding direct jobs created by this investment are currently being finalized and will be announced at a later date.

Asahi Kasei’s decision to build this new facility in Port Colborne is a testament to Canada and Ontario’s competitive business environment, highly skilled workforce, and dependable supply chains. The project is expected to benefit from federal support through the Clean Technology Manufacturing investment tax credit. Ontario expects to support this project with both direct and indirect incentives.

Our auto sector has long been an engine of economic growth, driving innovation and creating good-paying jobs for Canadians. As demand for EVs continues to grow, we are well positioned to attract further investment, solidifying our leadership in auto, EV battery, and battery material industries, and creating economic growth and opportunities now and for generations to come.

Quick Facts

  • Asahi Kasei Corporation is a multinational company headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.
  • Asahi Kasei’s new plant in Port Colborne will produce Hipore™ battery separators, an essential component of the lithium-ion batteries used in EVs which makes batteries more sustainable and durable. Construction of the facility will be completed by the end of 2024 and the plant is expected to be commercially operational in 2027.
  • The Hipore™ battery separator is a microporous polyolefin sheet that prevents the anode and cathode from contacting one another and causing a short circuit, while enabling lithium ions to pass back and forth during battery charging and discharging.
  • It is projected that the global sales of EVs will be over three times higher in 2030 than it was in 2023, and Canada is well positioned to be a major player in EV production.
  • In federal Bill C-69, the Budget Implementation Act, 2024, the government proposes to implement the Clean Technology Manufacturing investment tax credit, which would be available retroactively as of January 1, 2024. This refundable investment tax credit would be equal to 30 per cent of investments in machinery and equipment, for eligible activities related to the manufacturing or processing of clean technologies, or the extraction and processing of key critical minerals. It would focus on activities needed to achieve a net-zero future, such as manufacturing of zero-emission vehicles and batteries as well as purpose-built and integral upstream components for these activities.
  • To seize the opportunities of Canada’s world-leading EV supply chain potential, federal Budget 2024 announced a new 10 per cent EV Supply Chain investment tax credit to attract private investment and create good-paying jobs across the EV supply chain ‒ from EV assembly, to battery production, to cathode active material production. This complements the 30 per cent Clean Technology Manufacturing investment tax credit, which is part of Canada’s $93 billion suite of major economic investment tax credits.
  • Earlier this year, BloombergNEF ranked Canada’s attractiveness to build EV battery supply chains first in the world, surpassing China which has held the top spot since the ranking began.
  • Canada has attracted investments across our EV supply chain, from mining to manufacturing. With Asahi Kasei’s new project, these investments now total more than $46 billion since 2020.
  • Transportation accounts for about a quarter of our emissions in Canada. That is why the Government of Canada has an ambitious target of 100 per cent zero-emission vehicle sales by 2035, coupled with a suite of support measures from charging infrastructure to purchase incentives.

Quotes

“Today’s announcement is more good news for Ontario’s world-leading electric vehicle manufacturing sector and the thousands of workers who are benefiting from the billions of investments being made in our province. Asahi Kasei’s investment will bring economic growth and good-paying jobs to workers in Port Colborne and across the Niagara Region. It’s also yet another show of confidence in our government’s ongoing work to build a domestic EV supply chain in Ontario that benefits workers across the province, from critical mineral extraction in the Ring of Fire to battery manufacturing in Port Colborne and everywhere in between.”

– The Hon. Doug Ford
Premier of Ontario

“Canada bet big on electric vehicles, and today, the biggest manufacturers in the world are building them right here in Canada. Asahi Kasei’s investment is another vote of confidence in our auto industry and auto workers. We’re creating good-paying jobs, keeping the air clean, and putting Canada at the forefront of this exciting opportunity.”

– The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada

“Over the last four years, Ontario has become the epicentre of Canada’s electric vehicle supply chain, attracting billions in investments by global automakers and suppliers of EV batteries and battery materials. Today, our government is proud to welcome Asahi Kasei as the newest addition to Ontario’s thriving automotive ecosystem. Thank you, Asahi Kasei, for trusting Ontario as a partner in your success.”

– The Hon. Vic Fedeli
Ontario’s Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade

“Canada is home to the talented workers, raw materials, clean electricity, and specialized production capabilities needed to build electric vehicles – and these strengths have attracted billions in private investment to grow our EV supply chain. This progress attracting significant investment is underpinned by six major economic investment tax credits, which are incentivizing businesses to invest in Canada, create good-paying jobs, and keep us on track to reach net-zero by 2050.”

– The Hon. Chrystia Freeland
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance

“Canada is one of the few countries in the world that has everything it needs to be a global leader in EV and battery manufacturing: talent, green energy, and critical minerals. We welcome Asahi Kasei to the list of global companies choosing Canada and working alongside us as we transition to a green transportation future.”

– The Hon. François-Philippe Champagne
Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry

“As demand for electric vehicles – and the lithium-ion batteries that power them – continues to rise, we are eager to bring the first Hipore™ wet-process lithium-ion separator manufacturing facility to Canada. Backed by the abundant renewable resources, skilled talent, and strong local community support here in Port Colborne, we will be able to better serve our partners in the region as well as the broader North American automotive market from this facility.”

– Koshiro Kudo
President and Representative Director, Asahi Kasei Corporation

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